Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently coming to BBC TV.

I have a confession to make: THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY is not my favorite Douglas Adams novel. I realize it is a classic and is loved by gazillions of folk, but I have always been partial to DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY.

So I am as giddy as a cat with kittens (or however that phrase goes) with the announcement of a British telefilm based upon said novel.

Dirk Gently is a private detective who is more interested in telekinesis, quantum mechanics and lunch than fiddling around with fingerprint powder, so his investigations tend to produce startling and unexpected results. A simple search for a missing cat uncovers a bewildered ghost, a secret time-traveller, and the devastating secret that lies behind the whole human history and threatens to bring it to a premature end. Sadly the cat dies.

BBC has ordered a 60 minute pilot to appear on BBC4. One would presume success will result in more episodes being ordered.

Gently previously appeared on BBC radio as well as on stage.

Howard Overman has penned the script. Overman previously wrote for MERLIN and MISFITS as well as HUSTLE and HOTEL BABYLON.